Archive for April, 2009

Severe Today…Severe Tomorrow…
April 30, 2009

Rain chances stick with us into the weekend!  Most area s are dry right now…but as we head into the afternoon a few storms may form and some of those could be strong.  The main threats will be Large Hail and strong winds. 

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We are also in a slight risk for Friday as a front pushes across the area. 

 

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Temperatures will be dropping into the afternoon hours.  Saturday morning will be a bit on the cool side and highs this weekend will stay in the 60s.  😦 

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Some storms may be severe in Southern Oklahoma on Saturday. 

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Sarah

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Rain…Rain…Rain…
April 29, 2009

A wet day ahead.  The rain is expected to stick around through at least noon.  Flood watches have been issued for much of North Central and Northeast Oklahoma.   Any additional rain could lead to localized street flooding.  A few strong storms possible, especially from the Metro area through much of SW Oklahoma.   

 

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We still have the threat for strong thunderstorms, especially into the afternoon.  Hail and damaging winds will be the main threats. 

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Thursday will be mostly dry for the metro but there will be a few areas that may see some strong storms in the Northern and Northwestern areas of the state. 

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Friday will be unsettled again as a front pushes across the state.  I don’t think the rain will be as persistent as today…but scattered storms are possible

 

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Sarah

Morning Storms…
April 29, 2009

There are thunderstorms pushing into central Oklahoma this morning.  Strong storms are possible with hail and wind the main threats.  There is a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect for the Southwestern quadrant of the state and there is a Flash Flood Watch in effect for much of North Central and Northeastern Oklahoma.  Many areas have received heavy rain over the past week and any additional rainfall could lead to flooding. 

 

Sarah


April 28, 2009

From the National Weather  Service:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK  
400 PM CDT TUE APR 28 2009  
   
..PRELIMINARY SURVEY RESULTS FOR APRIL 25 AND 26 TORNADOES
 
 
METEOROLOGISTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN CONTINUE   
TO COMPILE INFORMATION RELATED TO THE TORNADOES THAT OCCURRED ON   
APRIL 25 AND 26.   
 
A GROUND DAMAGE SURVEY WAS COMPLETED TODAY IN GARFIELD COUNTY.   
PRELIMINARY RESULTS INDICATE AT LEAST FOUR TORNADOES OCCURRED IN   
GARFIELD COUNTY OKLAHOMA ON SATURDAY NIGHT APRIL 25TH AND EARLY   
SUNDAY MORNING APRIL 26TH.  
 
– NORTHWEST ENID AND NORTH ENID – EF2  
– SOUTHEAST OF KREMLIN – EF2  
– WEST-NORTHWEST OF KREMLIN TO NEAR HILLSDALE – EF1  
– EAST OF HILLSDALE – STILL INVESTIGATING  
 
AT LEAST TWO TORNADOES OCCURRED ON SUNDAY APRIL 26TH…BUT THE   
ASSESSMENT IS NOT YET COMPLETE. TORNADOES OCCURRED IN ROGER MILLS   
AND ELLIS COUNTIES NEAR ROLL AND CRAWFORD. THE SECOND OF THESE   
TORNADOES WAS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT…BEGINNING IN FAR NORTHERN ROGER  
MILLS COUNTY AND CROSSING INTO ELLIS COUNTY…DESTROYING A MOBILE   
HOME JUST EAST OF HIGHWAY 283. WHILE AN OFFICIAL RATING HAS NOT BEEN   
ASSIGNED…PRELIMINARY ESTIMATES INDICATE DAMAGE IN THE EF2 RANGE.  
 
IF YOU HAVE IMAGES…VIDEO OR INFORMATION CONCERNING OTHER TORNADOES   
PLEASE CONTACT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN.

Andy

Drizzle to Start…but Dry Later Today…
April 28, 2009

There is a little bit of patchy fog and drizzle in some areas.  By Mid Morning though..we will see dry, cool and cloudy conditions.  Highs will be in the cool 60s across central Oklahoma with 70s in Southern Oklahoma.  A front is stalled along the Red River Valley…this front may spark a few showers later today.   

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The threat for severe holds off til the overnight hours, and it will be in westernin Oklahoma tonight. 

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As for Wednesday, rain chances are increasing as our stalled out front makes a move north as a warm front. 

 

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The threat for strong storms back into the mix with hail and wind the main threats.   Isolated tornadoes not out of the question.

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The rest of the week will remain unsettled. 

Sarah

A Little Break…
April 27, 2009

Our late April weather is living up to it’s reputation.  We’ve seen a stretch of days with severe weather in the state.  This afternoon, we’ve been tracking storms along a cold front.  We had some heavier storms in the OKC metro, but the severe weather (large hail) has been to our northeast. 

That front will push to the south tonight.  It will barely make it into Texas before stalling out.  This will give us a window of cooler, drier air and will allow us to reduce rain chances for late tonight through Tuesday. 

By Tuesday night, the front returns to the north as a warm front.  That will spark off more showers and thunderstorms.  We should see some thunderstorms around Wednesday morning.  By Wednesday afternoon, our focus will turn to a dryline to the west.  Strong to severe storms could form along the dryline and move east. 

Thursday and Friday will feature another cold front with a continued chance for storms. 

Keep in mind, we’re at the point in the year where severe weather can develop quickly.  Storms fired rapidly this afternoon along the cold front.  The radar screen took about 30 minutes to light up.  So, whenever we have thunderstorms in the forecast, you need to remain weather aware…

Andy

Rain Chances Remain…
April 27, 2009

Ok, first off, here is a look at some rain totals we saw over the weekend. 

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Impressive huh?  Well that is why we have flood watches issued for parts of NW Oklahoma.  Any additional rain in these areas may cause problems. 

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We have a front pushing through the state…and anything that does develop today has the potential to become severe.  We are in a slight risk for hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes. 

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Sarah

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words…
April 26, 2009

And that’s a good thing, because we’re getting busy–fast.

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Andy

A Breather…
April 26, 2009

Early this morning, we’re inbetween systems.  The overnight severe weather has pushed into Missouri.  That round produced tornadoes in Enid and Kremlin, grapefruit size hail near Lamont and 6″ of rain in Medford.  So, we’re glad to see it go.

The next wave will develop in the Texas panhandle and move into western Oklahoma later this afternoon.  With all of the warmth, humidity and the strong upper-level winds, severe weather will once again be likely.

graphic19The 8am severe weather outlook pulled the moderate risk to the OKC metro area.  As I mentioned yesterday, there are a lot of things that could go right or wrong with today’s severe weather forecast. The early morning data (12z) is coming in right now, so I’m going to look it over and will post more later.

Andy

Severe Threat Tonight and Tomorrow
April 25, 2009

There is a Moderate Risk of Severe weather tonight and tomorrow.  The Moderate Risk areas are marked in Orange.  Large Hail, Damaging winds and Tornadoes are likely with storms that develop in these areas.

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Sarah